Friday, 30 November 2018

Mexican fish that can repair its OWN HEART


A Mexican fish that can repair its own heart offers clues for future treatments in humans, according to new research.

Scientists discovered a gene that may hold the key to the fish's ability to regenerate its heart tissue.

The same gene, called Irrc10, is present in humans, and researchers at Oxford University say their new findings hold potential to change the lives of heart attacks patients. 

Over half a million people in the UK are living with heart failure, often as a result of a heart attack, according to the British Heart Foundation, who funded the research.


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How turmeric could offer hope for millions with glaucoma

Turmeric could offer hope for millions of people battling the common eye condition glaucoma, researchers believe.

Scientists have found a derivative of the spice used in curry - curcumin - can be used in eye drops to halt vision loss.

Trials showed eye drops containing curcumin, responsible for turmeric's yellow colour, slashed the loss of crucial retinal cells in rats.

Glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness, mainly involves the loss of retinal ganglion cells, located near the surface of the retina.


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You are eating microplastics in ways you do not even realise

We are increasingly aware of how plastic is polluting our environment. Much recent attention has focused on how microplastics – tiny pieces ranging from 5 millimetres down to 100 nanometres in diameter – are filling the seas and working their way into the creatures that live in them. That means these ocean microplastics are entering the food chain and, ultimately, our bodies.

But fish and shellfish are not our only food sources that can contain microplastics.

A portion of consumer-grade mussels in Europe could contain about 90 microplastics. Consumption is likely to vary greatly between nations and generations, but avid mussel eaters might eat up to 11,000 microplastics a year.

Another marine food source of microplastics is sea salt. One kilogram can contain over 600 microplastics. If you eat the maximum daily intake of 5 grams of salt, this would mean you would typically consume three microplastics a day (although many people eat much more than the recommended amount).


Most popular baby names of 2018 revealed

Top 10 baby names for girls in 2018, for the full list see Babycentre

1. Olivia
2. Sophia
3. Amelia
4. Lily
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Ella
8. Isla
9. Mia
10. Aria

Top 10 baby names for boys in 2018, for the full list see Babycentre

1. Muhammad
2. Oliver
3. Noah
4. Harry
5. Leo
6. George
7. Jack
8. Charlie
9. Freddie
10. Arthur